- What does the Blanket Order option on my Sales Order do?
- The Blanket Order option is used when a customer places an order that will be shipped in installments over a period of time, rather than as a single shipment. Designating a Sales Order as a Blanket Order will automatically uncommit any backordered quantities, freeing the inventory to fill orders for other customers. Once a quantity is changed to "Ship", the inventory is automatically committed.
To create a Blanket Order, in the Header tab of the sales order, select the Blanket Order option.
Then backorder the full quantity of the item. Inform will un-commit the item (the Commit Inventory box will be cleared). Therefore, the stock will not be allocated to this order, so inventory can be available/allocated to other customers/orders.
When you are ready to ship the item, open the Sales Order and set the quantity to ship to the amount you are sending.
For example, let's say the blanket order is for a quantity of 100, and they receive product in shipments of 10. You will backorder the full quantity of 100, and when you are ready to send a shipment, set the Quantity To Ship to 10. Only those 10 will become committed to the order. You can then proceed with the normal workflow with regards to shipping out the item.